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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Free EBook Spam from Anonymous

Checking my comments today from Astrology Talk, there were several postings from an "Anonymous" source. It was "Get my free ebook" spam in the comments.

These comments have since been deleted, and I will continue to delete all spam comments. So much for blog etiquette.

Here is my email to the culprit, 123 Astrology, Blair Gorman from Christchurch, New Zealand. The site actually is one of the one pagers designed to lure you into a purchase. It has no information other than solicitation. You can get a free "trial" reading, leading to a paid reading, but you must sign up for the reading in order to get the "Free eBook".

Blair,

You posted two comments on my blog, Astrology Talk, soliciting business for your eBook. You contributed nothing to my readers, but only made an attempt at gaining downloads and birth details to solicit business. In my opinion, your methods are dubious and swarmy, both on the method of driving business and in the misleading way in which your site garners information in the process of receiving your "Free eBook".

Interesting enough, the bottom of your site states "Words cannot express my dislike for spam." So why spam a blog?

Thanks for not doing it again.


If you have a site that you feel is beneficial for the readers and applicable to the post, feel free to share it. I only ask that it is not a site that holds no information, but is only a forum for generating income from sales. I want you, my readers, to know that I care about you. I personally find it irritating when a site claims to be an "expert resource", but only sells readings, either by mail, email or phone. If you have such a site, contact me and I will review it.

If I wanted Astrology Talk to be a forum for sales of horoscopes, then I would sell my own here and the focus of the blog would be muddied.

Let the information flow! ... But leave the spam in the cupboard!

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Astrology Through Scientific Eyes


Many people view scientists as unimaginative, stodgy, starched collar types with thick dorky glasses held together with a band aid and oddly lacking any sense of humor or dress sense. Or, perhaps, as the Professor from Back to the Future - scatty, wacky, a little mad, yet somehow brilliant. (I must admit, it is difficult to find a picture of Einstein without his hair tossled.) I suppose there are cross sections of people in any field, but my father is a brilliant Physicist and he taught me that nothing could be further from the truth.

The sciences are not so far from Astrology. In order to be a true innovator of science, you need first an open mind. A good scientist needs to be able to imagine solutions or explanations that have not been pushed to the forefront of our consciousness or understanding yet.

You would think that hard core scientists would be the most skeptical of Astrology. Yet, many embrace it. Even more become intrigued with spiritual, metaphysical and parapsychology theories and investigations. I suppose that is only natural when your whole life centers around understanding the deeper workings of the human condition and the meaning of the universe. This goes far beyond the moon effecting tides. These questions dig deep into the nature of our personal relationship with the vastness of the universe.

If you want to dig in deep to some scientific minds and their discovery of Astrology, check out Space and Motion. I warn you, though, it is not for the faint of heart.

Space and Motion covers the Astrological influences of many great scientists. Oddly enough, most of the scientists themselves were surprised when they set out to quantify whether the planets could influence personality and ended up believers. Discover the Astrological minds of Albert Einstein (everyone knows Al, but he was a Physicist), Friedrich Nietzsche (Philosopher), Aldous Huxley (Literary great), Gottfried Leibniz (Mathematician), Hans Eysenck (Psychologist), Dr. Percy Seymour (Astronomer / Astrophysicist), Richard Feynman (Physicist) and Michel Gauquelin (Psychologist / Statistician).

There are some great links, book recommendations and interesting articles all over the site. I don't know if it is growing up with a scientific parent, but I really enjoy these types of investigations, theories and thoughts on Astrology. The long and short of it really is that we don't need to understand exactly how aspirin works in order to reap its benefits. The same is true with Astrology.

I understand the language of Astrology, but I leave it to those much more intelligent that I am to theorize about astronomical magnetic fields, Perpetual Finite Spherical Universe within an Infinite Eternal Space, and the Wave Structure of Matter.

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Does a Rose by ANY Other Name REALLY Still Smell as Sweet?

Over the past few months, my other half has been going to night school. In honor of supporting the venture, I have been doing weekly study guides with pictures and diagrams. These usually take me about three hours to complete, but tonight it took me five and half hours. Needless to say, my mind was a little numb, and my eyes just a tad blurry. You will understand if I had to do several double takes to verify what I am about to tell you about.

When I finished my venture tonight, I used ask.com to search for astrology images to use in a post. I have really been enjoying their new layout that lets you search for images only, and define what types of images the search bot should bring back. This comes in VERY HANDY for those perplexing study guides.

I found the gorgeous chart wheel that you see here. The site is titled "Zodiac Tattoos - Pictures, Signs and Astrology". The site has the "short" URL of ILoveTattoosandPiercings.com. (Whew! I am almost out of breath typing it!)

Because the chart wheel was so gorgeous, I scrolled down to read a bit more about this site when I came upon this:

What defines a Zodiac Tattoo?

A zodiac tattoo would be any tattoo that depicts one of the twelve signs of the zodiac: Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crap, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin, Libra the Scales, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Archer, Capricorn the Goat, Aquarius the Water-Bringer, or Pisces the Fish. Each sign has both a symbol that represents the set of stars, and a picture, so one could get either inked and have a zodiac tattoo.

You read it right... "Cancer the Crap". Sorry folks, their words, not mine.

The Astrology on the site is pilfered garbage, of course. But, I am wearing my "controlling color" of maroon tonight...

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